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The University of Georgia College of Engineering’s Resilient Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship will commence in Spring or Fall 2022. If you have a BS or MS degree in civil or environmental engineering, or ecology, architecture, geography, or related sciences, possess knowledge of resilient infrastructure such as smart cities, and related engineering competition awards, you are strongly encouraged to apply for this PhD degree in resilient infrastructure, sustainability and climate change.

The fellowship perks include a US$30,000 annual stipend, tuition waiver and travel funds (US$1,000 in Years Three and Four). You will have plenty of chances to work with faculty in civil, environmental, agricultural and mechanical engineering projects on top of learning how to conduct research, teach and do collaborative proposal writing.

Another reason to apply? Impressive accolades. #16 among public universities in America (US News and World Report). The US’s oldest public university. US$495 million in Research and Development expenditure for Financial Year 2020. Among the top five for new products to market for eight consecutive years (AUTM).

On campus, there are over a dozen student organisations to join, such as the Graduate Student Club and Society of Women Engineers, among others. Their activities are some of the finest examples of cross-cultural learning and support, teamwork and leadership skills, as well as the noble pursuits of causes.

When Colin Baillie from Marietta, Georgia, was searching for a university that would allow him to participate in activities on top of his academic studies. UGA fit the bill best.

“There is a depth to the quality of instruction here not only in the College of Engineering, but in all the classes I have taken, and the student body is active and passionate enough to make all these extracurriculars happen,” Baillie says.

Alexandra Betz from Bay Shore, New York agrees. “As soon as I got to UGA I knew the fun and hardworking environment was the perfect mix for me,” she says. “All the students are motivating and collaborative, working together to help each other where we can.”

Indeed, not only does UGA College of Engineering have talented engineering students who are both enthusiastic and hardworking, but its three interdisciplinary schools also boast several other advantages.

Firstly, both graduate students and faculty can work together on many important projects. UGA College of Engineering’s faculty – specialising in many research areas such as Engineering Education – have won prominent national, international and institutional awards including National Science Foundation CAREER awards.

“Working with both Dr. Locklin and Dr. Jambeck has been just an amazing pleasure. They are incredible researchers,” Katherine Shayne shares about her New Materials Institute work experience. At this particular research institute, students focus on sustainable product design and waste management practices.

Secondly, UGA and the College of Engineering place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research. As a Tier One Research Institution, UGA College of Engineering has three innovation and discovery challenge clusters where faculty work and partner with other departments for interdisciplinary research: Secure, Resilient and Sustainable Systems; Human Wellness, Cognition and Learning; and Advanced Material, Device and Cyber Technologies and Tools.

On top of that, UGA College of Engineering has invested some US$80 million in revamping their campus research facilities. The US$65 million I-STEM building – opened in Summer 2021 – will offer the much-needed research and collaborative space for faculty and graduate students in chemistry and engineering.

Students can also access the newly renovated Driftmier Engineering Centre with additional instructional spaces, and the 1,500 square feet of space for graduate student work spaces at the  Boyd Graduate Studies Research Centre.

Finally, hands-on learning is an important part of the UGA College of Engineering education. Students can use many top-range facilities including the Experiential, Research and Teaching Labs. For example, the Instructional Laboratories offer 23,000 square feet of renovated space for all students of all programmes in this college to work on lab-based projects like Capstone Design.

That’s not all. Other forms of hands-on learning are available, such as co-ops, internships, field work and study abroad trips. All ensure students become more confident to enter the workplace.

For instance, Caitlin Cato, another student working at the New Materials Institute, believes so. Her hands-on opportunities taught her the critical thinking and creativity skills needed to become a successful scientist.

Besides seven graduate programmes such as Master of Science programmes, UGA College of Engineering also offers several doctoral programmes. If you have always wanted to pursue a graduate degree on a generous fellowship at one of the nation’s most reputable public universities, UGA College of Engineering is that place for you.

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